1 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
2 Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!
3 Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!
5 For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. Psalm 100:1-5
The words of this Psalmist seem to have the ring of someone who has had a close personal encounter with the LORD, what we sometimes call a “mountaintop experience.” Some experience it at a Christian conference, some at a Christian retreat, others early in the morning during their devotions before anyone else gets up (and while their coffee is getting cold). A time of prayer and closeness with God that is unusual so that you don’t want to break off. You may even have tears in your eyes and an overwhelming feeling of exuberance mixed with relief, peace, and joy you sing out with thanksgiving and praise, then begin thanking Him for everything that comes to mind and blessing His name, crying out, “The LORD is good! His love endures forever. He is so faithful!”
When we experience this type of relationship with the LORD, it tends to be when He has delivered us in some way—from infirmity, an anxiety, a fear, a worry. Maybe He’s given us some form of a release from bondage, a captivity that has held us in its grasp for a period of time. Maybe it is just a temporary issue concerning worry over a loved one, an issue at work. Or a long-term one…maybe a bitterness, anger, or unforgiveness that has held you since youth. The LORD is concerned about every issue of our lives that hinder our relationship with Him and with others.
In the Old Testament book of Exodus, Moses wrote under the inspiration of God, “The LORD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.” (Exodus 15:2)
When he said, “he has become my salvation,” in Hebrew he said, “he has become my Yeshua,” because the word “salvation” in Hebrew is Yeshua. Yeshua translated into Greek is Iesous. The New Testament was written in the common language of the day, which was Greek, so when the New Testament was translated into English, Iesous translates to Jesus. Jesus is Yeshua—Our Salvation. If you were to do a study of the word “salvation” (Yeshua), throughout the Old Testament, you would begin to see that salvation doesn’t just indicate eternal salvation, but salvation in time of need, salvation from enemies, salvation from infirmity and disease, evil spirits, etc.
In your daily moments with God in devotional prayer, remember Him as Yeshua, your Salvation. Your Deliverance, your Healer, your Protector. Open up your heart, mind, and soul to Him in complete honesty. Pray apart from the prying eyes of others where you might feel self-conscious and withhold or pull back from fully responding to the LORD in faith and confession. Once you’ve experienced the deliverance of Yeshua in an area of your life—a spirit of anger, unforgiveness, long-term pain, hurt, fear, rejection, etc., the natural result is “making a joyful noise to the LORD!” Your heart is so filled with love and gratitude to your Savior that there is no doubt it could have come from any other source than Jesus, Himself. You can’t help but spend the day proclaiming, “…the LORD is good! His steadfast love endures forever, and His faithfulness endures to all generations.” (Psalm 100:5) You will look forward with great anticipation for your next opportunity to “Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!” (Psalm 100:4)
Prayer for Today: O LORD, we give You thanks for being our Yeshua, our Salvation. Thank you for our blessed and glorious hope of eternal presence with You. Thank you even for our opportunity every day of salvation and deliverance in the daily trials, struggles, troubles that we face, and the power in Your Name to overcome the spirits of this world that oppress us. You have come to set the captive free. We praise Your Holy Name and give You thanks. Amen.